The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton
What We Love
- Smack-dab central location just a block from Grand Central Terminal
- Housed in a historic red brick building that was formerly a long-stay hotel for artists and writers, including John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann
- Interiors by trailblazing Stonehill & Taylor Architects, the designers behind New York’s Ace Hotel and NoMad Hotel
- The 173 guestrooms, including 33 suites, have a loft-like layout and custom furnishings including easel-inspired TV stands, benchlike desks and patterned carpets designed to look like paint-splattered concrete
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Some Gallery Rooms and Suites have private terraces
- Midtown address at 40th and Lexington, but the look and vibe have a hip, downtown edge
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a historic 1920s Midtown East building, the Renwick offers a hip stay just a block from Grand Central Terminal. The 173-room property was a former long-stay hotel for writers, artists, and intellectuals including John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The new-look Renwick draws on this rich literary and artistic heritage, from custom furnishings designed to evoke easels and desks, to carpets that mimic paint-splattered concrete and installation-like artworks. All of the guest rooms have a loft-style layout, with platform King and Queen beds, tufted leather headboards, steampunk chandeliers, 48-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and mini-fridges. The petite bathrooms are notable for their graphic ceiling murals, plush bathrobes and slippers, and posh Apotheke amenities. Downstairs, chef John Delucie’s first solo restaurant project, Bedford & Co., is the heart of the property, with a menu that focuses on upscale American comfort food (signature dishes include chicken pot pie and truffle mac and cheese).
In the Area
If you’re inspired by your artsy digs, take a tour of the grand New York Public Library and check out one of the rotating exhibits. While you’re there, visit Bryant Park, a sylvan break from the big city bustle. Depending on the time of year, you can catch an outdoor movie, challenge a local to chess or go ice skating. Revel in the Old New York glamour of Grand Central Terminal over martinis at the speakeasy-style Campbell Apartment bar or over dinner at the Oyster Bar. Or sample the excellent beer selection, from stouts to IPAs to cask-conditioned ales, at Ginger Man.
How to Get There
NYC can be challenging for hotels. The Renwick was a very nice surprise. The reception was great, it is charming, the rooms well decorated, very quiet. I really enjoyed it.
My room was in the 3rd floor so the views were not great but that is the only issue.
As a theatre director and retired professor, my wife and I travel to NYC frequently and have discovered the Renwick as our "go to" hotel. Our most recent trip combined theater, visiting museums and a concert at Madison Square Garden with our 30th anniversary and looked forward to this trip even more than before. When we checked in and got up to our room there seemed to be some confusion with the reservation and room selection. When I shared our concern with Brian (manager), he quickly took the matter into his own hands and got us a corner suite on the top floor with a great view and topped it off with a complimentary bottle of wine!!! My wife and I had a wonderful stay and many thanks to the Brian and the staff for making sure our special weekend would be memorable. No other hotel has demonstrated the level of personal attention and commitment to excellence and customer service. The desk, doorman, housekeeping are always pleasant and attentive. The rooms are comfortable, quiet and uniquely appointed in a central location to all Manhattan events and transportation. We give The Renwick our highest recommendation and look forward to our next stay. Thanks again, Brian, and please extend our gratitude to your excellent staff as well.
Jackelyn at the front desk was incredibly helpful. My wife and I stayed at this hotel before and this was our second visit. We were impressed with they way Jackelyn treated us like family. She made sure we were comfortable and gave us opinions of the city entertainment. We will definitely come back. Great location. Quite but close to all the functions.
I recently stayed here for a conference that was held at the Grand Hyatt and for a quick getaway at the same time. I decided to book here in comparison to the reviews at the Grand Hyatt (and the fact that I almost always stay with a Hilton brand). The Renwick is a nice hotel that is close to Grand Central Station and within walking distance to a few other attractions.
The rooms are a little smaller than what you typically get in a hotel, but we were in the city, so I understand why. I'm not sure when the last room refresh was done on this hotel, but I think another one could be used in the near future. I had read some reviews about the beds not being comfortable and we experienced that ourselves (disclaimer: our bed at home is very nice and expensive). I think the combination of all the walking and the bed is what made it uncomfortable for us.
The two bottles of water replenished daily without a fee was nice, especially since it cost around $3 for a bottle of water if you buy one from a store or fast food establishment. If you are a light sleeper, I suggest booking a high floor room. You can still hear some sound from the higher floors, but the additional expense is worth it (as I can only imagine what it sounds like on the lower floors). We would consider staying at The Renwick again if we came back to NYC.
We are fresh off a fabulous night at the Renwick Hotel, and I wish we could have stayed longer! My reviews of Hilton hotels as of late have been less than complimentary, but this hotel is a fabulous exception. We are honors members so we were able to upgrade to a junior suite on the 16th floor, which was clean, beautifully decorated and QUIET (rare for Manhattan). The hotel staff was friendly and eager to please. If I had a complaint (and I am truly reaching for one here) it would be that the breakfast was just ok....nothing special. Thank you Renwick Hotel for restoring my faith in the Hilton brand. This is a special hotel, and we will most certainly return.